Promoting Vocations

It was a busy and good work for monastery vocations. On Saturday, September 29th, Br. Placid and I traveled to Des Moines, Iowa to attend the Christ Our Life Conference. The Christ Our Life Catholic Regional Conference is a non-profit conference held at the Wells Fargo Arena. Christ Our Life Catholic Regional Conference was conceived in 2008 […]

July Update

July continues to go by quickly! Earlier this month, July 13-15, a few of my classmates and I were able to get together at Conception Abbey to spend time together for the weekend. Our graduating class had close to 30 men, but about eight tried to get together, and five of us were able to […]

Des Moines

For the past two weeks, I have been filling in for the pastor, Fr. Aquinas, at the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines, Iowa. Fr. Aquinas has been taking these days away for vacation. I was able to help out at this beautiful parish last summer as well. It is one of the highlights […]

Alumni & Open House

This past weekend was our annual Alumni Reunion Weekend.  We welcome more than 100 alumni.  Many of them were eager to return to see the newly renovated monastery, a capital campaign to which many of them contributed generously. Bishop Pates (Diocese of Des Moines) was the Guest Speaker for Alumni Day and he also celebrated Mass […]

Catholic Radio with Bishop Pates

Bishop Pates called into his regular show on Friday mornings on Des Moines Catholic Radio from Conception Seminary College.  He spoke about his experiences of being in Washington, D.C. during Pope Francis’ Apostolic visit.  Bishop Pates had Abbot Gregory, Fr. Brendan, and the three Des Moines seminarians join him for the hour long radio program. It […]

On a Mission 

I have been substituting at the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines, Iowa for the past couple of weeks and will be here through the end of the week.  When the pastor, Fr. Aquinas Nichols, takes his summer vacation, usually one of our monks is asked to staff the parish.  In recent years Fr. […]